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The 4 Day Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech via Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga is highly recommended. The tour include 2 nights in the sahara desert, camel trek and short drives. The tour offer you the opportunity to see the best of Morocco in just 4 days see the barbary Macacs in Azrou, take a sightseeing desert tour see nomads living in caves, visit the donkey market in Risani, wander with a local guide in palmary or hike in Dades valley or Todra gorges, spend more time of sites, share a cup of tea with a Berber family...Etc
Day 1: Fes - Midelt - Erfoud - Merzouga - Erg Chebbi
At 8:00 a.m we start our 4 days Fez to Marrakech via Sahara desert tour. We leave for Midelt through the Mountains and the cedar forests of the middle Atlas. We pass by Ifrane, a charming ski resort and Azrou, an important handicraft centre specialised in the work of cedar wood. We arrive in Midelt for lunch. At the afternoon we will drive to Erfoud and into the desert. Dinner and overnight in a hotel at the foothills of Erg chebbi sahara dunes.
Day 2: Merzouga - Erg Chebbi Dunes - tour around ( Erg chebbi desert)
After breakfast we head to Khamlia village to enjoy live Gnawa music, continue through an off-track road to have a tour of the sand dunes then stop to have tea with nomads in berber tents, you will discover a new sense of life from there and also enjoy a berber pizza for lunch. Back to the hotel to relax before starting your camel trip into the middle of the dunes in order to see the sunset, then after you will arrive at the camp and spend the night in a nomadic tent.
Day 3: Merzouga - Todra Gorges - Ouarzazate
Wake up early to see the spectacular sunrise, where the colour of the dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight. Arriving at the hotel/riad to have breakfast and a shower. We will continue to Ouarzazate via Rissani and stop in Erfoud: famous for its fossilized marbles, where you will visit the workshop production of marble fossils. Continue to the Todra Gorges which is an ideal place for walking and exploring on your own. Have lunch then drive through the Dades valley and the town of Roses, Kelaa Mgouna. We continue through the Road of a Thousand-Kasbahs passing the Skoura palm grove until we arrive to Ouarzazate named "Hollywood of Morocco" and check into the hotel/riad.
Day 4: Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakech
We head to Aït Benhaddou, a 'fortified city', situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is situated on a hill along the Ouarzazate River and boasts some beautiful examples of kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, the site had been the setting for many films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. After stopping for lunch we then continue to Marrakech over the high Atlas mountains.
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